2 Ways to Embrace Fear and Become Courageous

August 26, 2013

How many times have you thought, “If I could just figure out how to get rid of my fear, then I’d courageously step out and do that thing I’m afraid to do.

“I’d take that new job, confront that person who’s mistreating me, lead a small group and tell my friend about Jesus!”


If you were to compile a top 10 list of the greatest stories of courage in the Bible, the story of David & Goliath would make it into the top 3. It’s a classic story.

The underdog takes on the champ. Only David is like a kid on the JV wrestling team stepping into the octagon against a UFC Champion. This fight shouldn’t even be close. But David courageously steps into the ring anyway.

We think courage comes from the absence of fear, but that’s not true. Where there’s courage, there’s always going to be fear. If fear wasn’t present, would courage even be necessary? No. If courage doesn’t come from the absence of fear it must come from somewhere else.

From this story found in 1 Samuel 17, we see two sources of courage. Big vision, and courageous faith.

Big Vision

When David shows up on the battle scene where Goliath’s already been trash-talking the Israelite army for 40 days, the first thing David wants to talk about is the bounty that the king has placed on Goliath’s head. The man who kills Goliath will be made filthy rich and the king’s daughter is going to become his new girlfriend. (Not a bad deal for teenager who’s spent most of his life helping his dad around the farm in little ol’ Bethlehem!) All of a sudden David has a big vision for his life. As a result, he has courage.

If you don’t have big vision for your life, a great place to start is with God’s vision for your life. The Bible is full of words describing it. A few of my favorites are that we would be living life to the full, that we would be rooted & established in His love as opposed to constantly fighting the insecurity & loneliness of not being loved, and that we would be making a difference in people’s lives. When you start to get a vision for  your life beyond next week, I think you’ll be surprised at the courage you’ll gain that will enable you to confront fears & uncertainties that are holding you back.

Strong Faith

David’s faith was strong not because one day it magically grew out of nowhere but because over time it had been tested. As a shepherd, he saw God help him kill lions & bears and so he knew (1) that God was with him and (2) that God was much bigger & stronger than any opponent, including Goliath.

Even though David didn’t know how the battle would turn out, he decided that he was going to act & make a courageous decision based on the size of his God not on the size of the obstacle.

Tested faith is strong faith and strong faith produces courage. When you really begin to believe the powerful reality that God is with you no matter what challenge it is you’re facing AND that he’s going to be with you no matter how it looks on the other side of that challenge, it produces courage.

Don’t wait for fear to disappear. Get a God-sized vision for your life that produces courage. And then begin to courageously confront your fears & uncertainties one at a time knowing that God is with you and that he’s able to help you face any challenge.


By Rich Warriner. Rich is the lead pastor at CTK Ferndale. He and his wife Becky are raising their 5 children with a dog, rabbit, lizard, and 2 parakeets.


  1. What happened to the lizard?

    • He went belly up for unknown reasons.

  2. Reblogged this on RW Genuine Musings on Tap.

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